The antique trail
Antiques collectors consider Summerland a must-stop on the northbound trail, but the town's eclectic retail roots sprout all along Lillie Avenue. The Menagerie specializes in parrots -- boarding, training, adoption and rescue, plus party parrots. (2430 Lillie Ave.,  969-1944). Advocating for one's inner and outer beauty is easy at Belleza Vita Day Spa and Salon (2410 Lillie Ave.,  969-7300, www.bellezzavita.com). Antiques shop Just Folk salutes craft work and its place in Americana, as opposed to pristine collectibles (2346 Lillie Ave.,  969-7118, www.justfolk.com).
Breakfasts are king
Breakfast is the best bet in Summerland. Snuggle into the Summerland Beach Café for eggs any which way -- omelets, huevos rancheros, eggs Benedict and more (2294 Lillie Ave.,  969-1019, www.summerlandbeachcafe.com). Pack up to-go fare from Cantwell's Market deli for a picnic at the beach (2580 Lillie Ave.,  969-5893, www.cantwellsmarket.com). History buffs, take note: President Bill Clinton played saxophone at old-timey diner the Nugget in 1992 (2318 Lillie Ave.,  969-6135).
All roads to the sea
Along with the fancy new sidewalks came brightly striped bike lanes, which are busy most days of the week. A west turn at Evans Avenue leads to Lookout Park and its grassy mesa overlooking a sandy, dog-friendly beach, the No. 1 reason most call Summerland home.